With the business end of the season approaching, Luton are close to completing the impossible dream

At the start of the season, many people expected Luton Town's long-awaited Premier League return to go poorly.

Luton town players in the EPL

Despite Luton being one of the overwhelming favourites to get relegated, with just over a quarter of the Premier League season to go Luton are in with a real shout of beating the dreaded drop.

A fantastic run of wins against Newcastle, Sheffield United and Brighton moved the Hatters out of the relegation zone but a heartbreaking loss to Sheffield United in the reverse fixture has sucked the team right back into the thick of the relegation battle.

With the battle to avoid relegation set to go down to the wire, we review everything that needs to go right for Luton to survive and in the process complete one of the greatest survival stories that the league would have ever seen.

Await the outcome of Everton and Nottingham Forest charges

The 2023/2024 Premier League season has been unprecedented in many ways, but the threat of looming legal action against Everton and Nottingham Forest has the capacity to throw the relegation battle into even more chaos.

Everton, who have already been deducted ten points, face the prospect of even harsher sanctions due to overspending millions. Nottingham Forest share a similar fate and despite sitting outside of the relegation zone, they could be plunged into the madness if the results of the hearings don’t go their way.

If Everton and Forest are to be charged and be hit with point deductions, Luton will be one of the clubs to benefit and it would greatly boost their chances of survival. With the hearing set for the end of February, it remains a case to watch with real interest.

Turn Kenilworth Road into a fortress

Transform Kenilworth Road into an impregnable fortress, a bastion of strength and resilience. Long before the whistle blew to kick off this season, the formidable reputation of Kenilworth Road was a topic of widespread discussion. A relic of football's past, its unique layout harks back to bygone eras, and for Luton Town to thrive in the Premier League, they must harness the power of their home turf.

Renowned as a daunting venue for opposing teams, Kenilworth Road has lived up to its billing, proving to be a formidable challenge for even the mightiest adversaries. Despite facing heavyweights like Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, and Manchester City, Luton has demonstrated their mettle, securing draws against the giants and narrowly succumbing by a single goal. Victories over Newcastle and Brighton have further solidified their credentials, showcasing their ability to stand toe-to-toe with any opponent.

With the bulk of the league's top contenders having already made the pilgrimage to Kenilworth Road, the fixture list presents a slew of winnable encounters for Luton. Matches against Manchester United, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, and Everton hold no trepidation for the Hatters, who aim to defy the odds offered by many sports betting sites and clinch positive results.

For Luton's survival bid, their formula for success is simple: dominate at home and amass as many points as possible. Kenilworth Road must become a fortress where visiting teams falter, and the roar of the home crowd propels the Hatters to victory.

Keeping key players fit

Despite being written off and tipped to be down before Christmas, this Luton squad has shocked the world with the quality of their play and some stars have emerged.

Arguably the player making the biggest impact is Ross Barkley. Once viewed as a future England great, Barkley’s career hasn’t lived up to its potential but he is making amends now.

Becoming the key cog in the Luton machine, Barkley is often at the centre of everything good that Luton produce. With clamourings for the former Everton and Chelsea man to be included in Gareth Southgate’s next England squad, Barkley’s performances could be the reasons behind Luton staying up or getting relegated.

Another Luton player who has certainly caused a stir is wing back Alfie Doughty. Deadly over the dead ball and when put into a crossing position, Doughty has qualities that few in the Luton squad can match and he is another who may have an outside squeak of making England’s European Championship squad.

The creator of numerous assists, if Luton are to survive they will need Doughty to maintain his high levels and consistency.

Keep finding the back of the net

When a newly promoted team gets relegated in their first season in the Premier League it’s usually down to a lack of goals. However that weakness can’t be labelled at Luton.

In Elijah Adebayo and Carlton Morris, Luton have two players who have scored over fifteen goals and they have formed a deadly duo.

Having scored more goals than all of their relegation rivals, there will be high hopes that Luton can keep finding the back of the net and power their way to safety.

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